Two really good anime this season ended terribly. One is Ao no Exorcist with its “Let’s not plan and just create stuff along the way” attitude and the other anime is Kamisama Dolls. The last episode wasn’t terrible per se, but it s like an arc ending rather than the series as a whole. It would be perfect if it will get a second season but for now, I’d say that was way too much of a teaser.
And with its ending, it feels like the series hasn’t scratched its main points yet. You’d think they have some awesome ending planned after sensei’s episode, but when they introduced Mahiru (I do like Mahiru though, as screwed up as she is) you just knew this wasn’t going to end well.
But enough about its bad parts, let’s get to the stuff I did like. . . which is a lot. Firstly, the story. It gives off some sort of Higurashi-vibe, though none have been technically that freaky, the mysterious aura of the series is really vibrant. It also helps that it tells its story very well. The series is a very “showy”one. Its like the opposite of Index. When they want to explain something, they put a back story. When they want to show an important plot point they flaunt it to the screen. This is really where KamiDolls excel.
The characters, while not as developed as one would hope, are a pretty good bunch. My favorites would probably be Aki, Kuuko, and Mahiru. I guess I do love sadistic characters, but these three have their own personal quirks. Aki is crazy outside but not as much inside, Kuuko’s passion drives her to craziness, and Mahiru’s kinda screwed up overall.
Production values aren’t exactly the best but at least the fight scenes never look bad. The OP rocks, as well as the ED, and the soundtrack really fits the series’ theme.
Well Rating time!
Execution: 36/40 (Best trait)
Engagement: 26/30 (I was pretty engaged all throughout)
Characters: 17/20 (Pretty boring main characters, awesome side characters)
Production: 7/10 (Not exactly the best but it never looks DERPY bad.)